8 Tips for Coping With Holiday Stress

Posted November 15, 2020 by Tina Williamson of Mindfulmazing in Mom Life, Self Care + Self Love / 0 Comments

Holiday Stress

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Inside – 8 tips to reduce holiday stress and stay in the calm zone.

The holidays should be a time to connect with loved ones, family, and friends. 

It should be a time to take a break and relax.

But all too often the holidays can become a frazzled, over-committed nightmare of hustle and bustle.

The holidays become a myriad of overindulging, jam-packed social calendars, road rage, traveling, budgeting, unwelcome house guests, cleaning, baking, decorating, entertaining, and endless shopping.

(Just to name a few of the demands).

And all these demands leads to holiday stress!

It’s no wonder many of us dread the holidays instead of feeling it’s the most wonderful time of the year.

Well, my Christmas gift to you, is 8 ways to cope with holiday stress. Let’s get right to it, because the holidays are here!

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8 Tips to Cope With Holiday Stress

1.  Balance The Media

First and foremost, take a break from the media. 

(Especially this year).

There is a ton of negative news right now, and aside from the constant negativity, the media is designed to make sales.

The clever jingles and heart-tugging commercials are all selling you something and the holidays are not just about buying gifts and spending money. The holidays are about connecting with loved ones.

Turn off the radio and T.V and relax into some silence and peace.

2.  Balance Your Schedule

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We need to learn how to say NO to social invitations. 

And that might not be a problem this year, since social distancing is recommended, but remember this in years to come.

It’s okay to admit you can’t do everything.

Choose what is most important to you and don’t feel guilty for the events you can’t make.

To say no without offending anyone, try suggesting that your schedule is already full, but you would love to meet up in The New Year and spend some quality time together.


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3. Balance Your Body

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Why do we throw caution to the wind for the entire month of December (or during any holiday) only to go on strict New Years’ resolutions come January? 

Ditch the excess so you don’t have to detox from the excess.

We don’t have to live in extremes. 

Are baked goods your nemesis?

Try examining your thoughts before eating. Are you hungry, bored, emotional, or are you simply overindulging? 

Try to eat healthy foods at home to counter the party foods as much as possible over the month of December.

And it’s important to stick to your exercise regime.  Don’t take the entire season off.

If you want a break, take a week off, but then jump back into your regular exercise regime.

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4.  Balance Your Mind

If you haven’t already taken up a meditation practice, start right now. 

If you already have a meditation practice, make more time for it; don’t slow down – ramp up.

Wake up 10 minutes earlier and start your day with a calm, clear mind.

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5.  Balance Your Emotions

Christmas can be a powerful time of year.

On one hand, it’s full of joy and happiness, but on the other hand, it can be filled with sadness and loneliness.

You might be missing loved ones or going through difficult times and the holidays can make this pain feel like you’ve been freshly stabbed.

Whatever the case may be for you, this year try to focus on the good that is going on around you. 

Check out some epic gratitude ideas here.

If you’re missing someone, remember the special times and fond memories you have instead of dwelling on the fact that they are no longer with you.

Focus on the positive.

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6.  Balance Your Stress

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There are many ways to manage stress – I recommend you scoot over to this article full of 15 quick tips to get back to calm in under 5 minutes

There are many easy and effective tips for finding calm in no time flat. Some of my favorites include:

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7.  Balance Your Pocket Book

Don’t overspend! 

I know it’s December, buuutttt, remember to put things into perspective.

Do kids need 15 new toys that they might play with for 10 minutes?

Create a budget and spend only within this guideline. 

While I would recommend using cash for the entire month of December to avoid the VISA transactions from piling up, it’s like not a great idea with COVID.

So you will need to be extra mindful of your credit card use.

The holidays are not about giving or receiving presents. Don’t feel obligated to buy gifts, there are many alternatives to materialistic presents. 

  • Write a letter
  • create a craft
  • simply just enjoy some time together and have a heartfelt conversation

8.  Balance Your Vitamins

Stock up your vitamin drawer. 

Ensure you are getting plenty of vitamin B (the stress vitamin), magnesium which is good for everything (especially sleep and anxiety), omega 3’s, and all your regular supplements and minerals.

These are my 10 most recommended vitamins for stress and anxiety.

Sunlight is also extremely important, so get outside!

Final Thoughts on Holiday Stress

Try to do less, relax more, and tune into what matters most.

Be grateful for what you have, take it day by day and don’t forget to breathe.

The holidays are supposed to be a time to connect with loved ones. During the hustle and bustle try not to lose sight of what’s really important.

Reduce holiday season stress. The holiday season often brings a dizzying flurry of stress, tension and anxiety. And it's not surprising. The holidays bring increased demands — parties, shopping, debt, baking, cleaning, travelling - to name just a few. Learn 8 tips to stay sane during the holiday season.
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